Raspberry Pi competition (UK) http://www.paconsulting.com/events/raspberry-pi-competition/ Our Raspberry Pi competition is a core part of our ongoing work to make the difference for youngpeople.
The competition gives teams of students as young as eight the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of computer programming and engineering – valuable skills which have been declining in the UK in recent years.
Everyone Can Code http://www.apple.com/education/everyone-can-code/ Technology has a language. It’s called code. And we believe coding is an essential skill. Learning to code teaches you how to solve problems and work together in creative ways. And it helps you build apps that bring your ideas to life. We think everyone should have the opportunity to create something that can change the world. So we’ve designed a new approach to coding that lets anyone learn, write, and teach it.
BBC micro:bit http://microbit.org/ BBC micro:bit
You can use your BBC micro:bit for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments – the possibilities are endless.
The micro:bit is a handheld, fully programmable computer being given free to every Year 7 or equivalent child across the UK. It’s 70 times smaller and 18 times faster than the original BBC Micro computers used in schools in the early 1980s.
Primo https://www.primotoys.com/ Primo
A language free, gender neutral toy, Loved by 10,000+ children in 90+ countries. Montessori meets LOGO Turtle.
Your child's first robot, powered by a real programming language you can touch!
Osmo https://www.playosmo.com/ Osmo is an award-winning game system that will change the way your child interacts with the iPad by opening it up to hands-on play.
Osmo Coding uses hands-on physical blocks to control Awbie, a playful character who loves delicious strawberries. Each block is a coding command that directs Awbie on a wondrous tree-shaking, strawberry-munching adventure.
ScratchJr : for iPad and Android Tablets https://www.scratchjr.org/ ScratchJr : for iPad and Android Tablets
Coding is the new literacy! With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer.
ScratchJr is a collaboration between the DevTech Research Group at Tufts University, the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, and the Playful Invention Company
Coding With Chrome http://www.omgchrome.com/coding-chrome-google-ide-extension/ Coding With Chrome
A new Google app helps students learn more about programming with using web technologies.
The search giant’s ‘Coding with Chrome’ app is billed in the Web Store as: ‘an educational IDE showing off various Google EDU technologies’.
Students can out-put projects in Logo Turtle and/or to connected ‘smart’ toys like Sphero and Lego Mindstorms.
Swift Playgrounds http://tcrn.ch/24QMpK1 Apple launched Swift Playgrounds for iPad to teach kids to code at WWDC in June 2016
Learning to Code on an iPad https://twit.tv/shows/ios-today/episodes/299?autostart=false Learning to Code on an iPad
Leo Laporte and Megan Morrone recommend some neat ways to learn coding/programming such as Hopscotch, Tynker, Swifty, Pythonista, Lisping, Bitsbox, Stanford Courses, and even Minecraft.
CS First https://www.cs-first.com/overview CS First is a free program that increases student access and exposure to computer science (CS) education through after-school, in-school, and summer programs. All clubs are run by teachers and/or community volunteers.
Wolfram Programming Cloud http://www.wolfram.com/programming-cloud/ Wolfram Programming Cloud
Intro on BLOG
How does it work? Well, you should try it out! It’s incredibly simple to get started. Just go to the Wolfram Programming Cloud in any web browser, log in, and press New. You’ll get what we call a notebook (yes, we invented those more than 25 years ago, for Mathematica). Then you just start typing code.
Coding for Kindergarteners http://www.edutopia.org/blog/coding-for-kindergarteners-sam-patterson Coding for Kindergarteners
Developing the tech curriculum challenged me to teach programming or at least computational thinking at each elementary grade level.
Our school is mid-pivot in technology -- we're in our second year of a middle school 1:2 iPad program, our first year of having a cart of iPads available for elementary, and our last year of two PC labs for the students to use (next year we'll have only one lab). Knowing this, I wanted to design a program that mostly used tablet-based tools.
Code (USA Org) http://code.org/ Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color.
Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer programming.
We believe computer science should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.
Our goals include:
Bringing Computer Science classes to every K-12 school in the United States, especially in urban and rural neighborhoods.
Demonstrating the successful use of online curriculum in public school classrooms
Changing policies in all 50 states to categorize C.S. as part of the math/science "core" curriculum
Harnessing the collective power of the tech community to celebrate and grow C.S. education worldwide
To increase the representation of women and students of color in the field of Computer Science.
Learn to Code; Code to Learn : Dr. Mitch Resnick http://bit.ly/1cPSIX1 Learn to Code; Code to Learn – An Interview with Dr. Mitch Resnick
In this episode of the November Learning Podcasts Series, Alan speaks with Dr. Mitch Resnick, Professor of Learning Research and Director of the Scratch Team at MIT. The two discuss why coding is such an important element to bring into the educational process, at all ages, and they exchange their ideas on why global publication through an online community add an important aspect into this online, coding tool. In the end, Dr. Resnick also shares an exciting announcement about upcoming developments.
Thinkspace Is A New Approach To Teaching Code http://bit.ly/1eRgjHy Thinkspace Is A New Approach To Teaching Code
The issue of teaching computer programming at younger age in schools cropped up again last year, and a 16-year-old student has put forward an innovative solution.
Plymouth-based James Anderson is the brains behind Thinkspace, an organization that aims to promote coding in schools at GCSE level.
Meanwhile, a massive open online course (MOOC) was launched through a joint partnership between exam board OCR, Cambridge University Press and the Raspberry Pi Foundation, which makes basic, super-cheap computers than can be used to teach pupils how to code.
The course is aimed at GCSE students aged between 14 and 16 and will prepare them for the forthcoming overhaul of the curriculum.
Coding 101 : TWIT Weekly Podcast http://wiki.twit.tv/wiki/Coding_101 Coding 101 is a show demonstrating software programming hosted by Fr. Robert Ballecer and Shannon Morse. It held its first beta episode on Friday, December 6th.
The first real episode was on Thursday, January 23, 2014.
Does Everyone Need To Code [NPR] http://n.pr/1fjVSmt Computers Are The Future, But Does Everyone Need To Code
USA Republicans and Democrats don't see eye-to-eye on much these days, but there is one aspect of the future that they can agree on: "Becoming literate in code is as essential to being literate in language and math," says House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Republican from Virginia.
Jacob Sharf, a junior at UCLA, is working on a video upload site. He predicts that programming will soon be part of any job. "It'll be something that everyone knows," he says. "Just like everyone knows how to read or write, it'll be taught in middle school or elementary school, and so everyone will be familiar with the basics of it."
Some people aren't so enthusiastic about all the pro-coding rhetoric. "Reading and writing are hard; the basics are hard," says software developer Jeff Atwood. "And now we're telling people you have to learn this programming too, or else the robots are going to get you."
Light-bot Hour of Code : Free iPhone iPad App http://bit.ly/LY2ThI Light-bot Hour of Code : Free iPhone iPad App
Get kids programming in the most fun way, by playing an actual game.
Light-bot for Hour of Code is meant to introduce kids who have no experience whatsoever programming, and is all-ages friendly! That means anyone anywhere from K to 12 can play, have fun and learn real programming logic.
Light-bot is a programming puzzle game: a puzzle game that uses game mechanics that are firmly rooted in programming concepts. Light-bot lets players gain a practical understanding of basic control-flow concepts like instruction sequencing, procedures and loops, just by guiding a robot with commands to light up tiles and solve levels.
Teachers worldwide are choosing Light-bot first when first introducing their students to programming.
Light-bot Hour of Code features 18 levels and is suitable to play for players of any age. The full version of Light-bot features 40 levels for when you want more of a challenge.
This version of Light-bot lets you play in English, French, Russian or Brazilian Portuguese! Just hit a flag icon corresponding to the language in the game.
Codecademy: Hour of Code - iPhone iPad App Free http://bit.ly/LY1WpH Codecademy: Hour of Code - iPhone iPad App Free
Learn how to build amazing things online by programming with Codecademy - all for free. Our app gets you started by introducing you to the basic concepts behind the apps on your phone and the websites you visit. You’ll learn to understand the basic structure of code when you see it.
Hour of Code is the perfect way to get started programming and a great reference on the go to refresh your mind of the concepts you need to know every day.
Hour of Code is the best way to go from zero to programming. We show you easy examples of code and you learn how it works and powers the web.
Use your iPhone or iPad for what it’s good for - quick, fun exercises on the go. Program when you get home and stay fresh by reviewing on the go.
Make a webpage with your own photo, bio, and more and share it with your friends.
AP Computer Science A Course Home Page http://bit.ly/1m8eO7S AP Computer Science A Course Home Page
The Advanced Placement Program offers a course and exam in introductory computer
science. The course emphasizes object-oriented programming methodology with a
concentration on problem solving and algorithm development, and is meant to be the
equivalent of a first-semester college-level course in computer science. It also includes
the study of data structures, design, and abstraction
The AP Computer Science A course can be offered by any secondary school that
has faculty who possess the necessary expertise and have access to appropriate
computing facilities. The course represents college-level achievement for which most
colleges and universities can be expected to grant advanced placement and credit. For other courses, accreditation and curriculum options visit Shambles List
Self Guided Tutorials on Coding http://csedweek.org/learn Self Guided Tutorials on Coding
Hour of Code Initiative Dec 2013 in USA [see tutorials] https://hourofcode.com/us Hour of Code Initiative Dec 2013
It's a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code" and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator.
We'll provide a variety of self-guided tutorials that anybody can do, on a browser, tablet, or smartphone. We'll even have unplugged tutorials for classrooms without computers. No experience needed.
Guidance for UK Primary Teachers : Computer Studies / Coding http://www.naace.co.uk/curriculum/primaryguide Computing in the national curriculum
Guidance for UK Primary Teachers : Computer Studies including the position of Coding in the curriculum
Published by CAS and written in collaboration by CAS and Naace members, this easy to follow guide for [England] primary teachers has been sent to all schools. It gives an overview for non-specialists of the 2014 Computing curriculum in non-geeky language.
The Arduino Robot http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Robot The Arduino Robot is the first official Arduino on wheels. The robot has two processors, one on each of its two boards. The Motor Board controls the motors, and the Control Board reads sensors and decides how to operate.
Each of the boards is a full Arduino board programmable using the Arduino IDE.
Both Motor and Control boards are microcontroller boards based on the ATmega32u4 (datasheet). The Robot has many of its pins mapped to on-board sensors and actuators.
Programming the robot is similar to the process with the Arduino Leonardo. Both processors have built-in USB communication, eliminating the need for a secondary processor.
This allows the Robot to appear to a connected computer as a virtual (CDC) serial / COM port.
As always with Arduino, every element of the platform – hardware, software and documentation – is freely available and open-source. This means you can learn exactly how it's made and use its design as the starting point for your own robots.
The Arduino Robot is the result of the collective effort from an international team looking at how science can be made fun to learn. Arduino is now on wheels, come ride with us!
Preparing for STEM Lessons on Coding http://bit.ly/19h0bbf Preparing for STEM Lessons on Coding with Hopscotch for iPad
I’ve been playing with the free iPad app “Hopscotch,” which I’m planning to use for a four part / two week introductory unit on coding on the iPad with my 4th and 5th grade STEM students.
I’ve worked quite a bit with Scratch software from MIT, but this is my first time to “seriously play” with Hopscotch. Hopscotch is similar to Scratch, as a block-based (or icon-based) programming environment, but it is MUCH more limited with fewer available coding blocks.
Robot Can Teach Programming to Your 5-Year-Old http://on.mash.to/198CYMo Robot Can Teach Programming to Your 5-Year-Old
Play-i crowdfunding campaign.
The company will make two robots, Bo and Yana, which can be used individually or together (both have Bluetooth 4.0). Along with an iPad app, kids as young as 5 years old can learn programming concepts while playing with the robots.
6 Tips To Get Your Kids Excited About Coding http://bit.ly/18OFrvn 6 Tips To Get Your Kids Excited About Coding
The Hour of Code is coming #DENVirtcon http://bit.ly/1okS1wV The Hour of Code is coming #online #webinar #DENVirtcon 19Oct13
The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code" and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator. You need to be signed in to Discovery Education to view this
Gamestar Mechanic http://gamestarmechanic.com/ Gamestar Mechanic
... uses fun, game-based quests and courses to help you learn game design and make your own video games!
How can we teach coding throughout the Primary School http://bit.ly/1alzGnS How can we teach coding throughout the Primary School
After Reading an article by Marc Scott entitled: Kids Can't Use Computers... And why It Should Worry You, its caused me to sit up and think a little bit about the state of what computing I've really taught and how to quantify it. "This cauldron of one or two aspects of technology though that has been bubbling away for some time now and that is something akin, if you will, to consumerist coding. A platform of any kind that allows the average person to pick it up and build. This filtering and approachability, much like any aspect of tech, reaches out to inquisitive minds and especially kids."
Harvard’s Free Intro to Computer Science Course http://bit.ly/14WfTYF Learn to Code with Harvard’s Intro to Computer Science Course And Other Free Tech Classes
Preparing Kids to Code - Apps for all Ages http://bit.ly/176CDdH Preparing Kids to Code - Apps for all Ages
You know what I love about these apps. Often I show a kid one of these apps and away they go. There is no instruction, they just go for it. These apps are good for all kids. They develop logical thinking and sequential planning. They encourage you to fail in order to develop the sequence.
Every now and again you come across a kid that would not only benefit from one of these apps but actually needs something like this to challenge their intellect. This is where they come into their own. These apps are literally two steps away from actually coding and so are an excellent introduction to a really motivated kid who wants to develop in this area. Who knows they might be writing an app for your class next week.
Computer Coding Lessons Expanding for K-12 Students http://www.edweek.org/dd/articles/2013/06/12/03game-coding.h06.html Computer Coding Lessons Expanding for K-12 Students
Educators develop creative ways to teach coding through gaming
Coding teaches problem-solving, communication, and collaboration, Resnick says.
"The ability to code should be one aspect of fluency in the 21st century," he says. "Everyone should learn to code because it makes you a better learner."
Processing http://processing.org/ Processing is a programming language, development environment, and online community. Since 2001, Processing has promoted software literacy within the visual arts and visual literacy within technology.
Initially created to serve as a software sketchbook and to teach computer programming fundamentals within a visual context, Processing evolved into a development tool for professionals.
Today, there are tens of thousands of students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists who use Processing for learning, prototyping, and production.
ScratchEd http://scratched.media.mit.edu/ ScratchEd for Educators ... is a programming language that makes it easy to create interactive art, stories, simulations, and games – and share those creations online.
Music Droid http://bit.ly/13qPW0T MusicDroid is a very challenging puzzle game designed especially for kids to develop programming skills and the ones who enjoys coding and math games. This is a free game that promotes educational programming skills!
The goal of the game is to power on the golden music plates and proceed to the next level.
To move your Droid you need to build a Main Function across the screen using instructions and then call it by running the Main()
Launch Of Code Club World http://tcrn.ch/16my4sH Google, CodeAcademy And Mozilla Back Launch Of Code Club World
CodeAcademy has been a huge story in the last couple of years. Now a new player is emerging with a complimentary real-world model. Code Club, a UK network of volunteer led after school coding clubs, is launching a new open source Code Club World framework to give every child in the world the chance to learn to code. This will provide project materials and a volunteering framework to support the running of after-school coding clubs.
The project is backed by Google, CodeAcademy, and Mozilla and the first international Code Club World clubs are set to launch in Luxembourg and Kiev.
Code Club World will write a new set of projects every school term and post them to the Github page, and will launch with French, Brazilian Portuguese, Ukrainian and Turkish with more to follow.
Three Free iPad Apps That Teach Kids To Program http://bit.ly/11fcmCL Three Free iPad Apps That Teach Kids To Program
Today, students can learn programming on their iPads. Here are three free apps that students can use to learn programming on their iPads.
Code Club http://codeclub.org.uk/ Code Club is a (UK) nationwide network of free volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11.
We create projects for our volunteers to teach at after school coding clubs or at non-school venues such as libraries. The projects we make teach children how to program by showing them how to make computer games, animations and websites. Our volunteers go to their local club for an hour a week and teach one project a week.
Code Club is about fun, creativity and learning through exploring. It’s important that the children enjoy their time at Code Club and that it doesn’t feel like another school lesson. They should understand that they’re in charge of the computer, and can (and should) make it do what they want, not the other way around.
Other benefits of Code Club, such as learning about computational thinking, or developing expertise in coding, are secondary to these two objectives.
Kodu : from Microsoft http://www.kodugamelab.com/ Kodu is a new visual programming language from Microsoft made specifically for creating games.
It is designed to be accessible for children and enjoyable for anyone.
The programming environment runs on the Xbox, allowing rapid design iteration using only a game controller for input.
Cato's Hike: A Programming and Logic Odyssey http://hwahba.com/catoshike/ Cato's Hike: A Programming and Logic Odyssey Who says that computer programming should only be left to the adults?... although Cato’s Hike is geared towards children, it can definitely unlock the little programmer in all of us.
Cato is a little boy who just like every little boy likes to go out and play. One fine day Cato was playing outside when a portal to another world opened up in front of him; a portal to another world!
Cato stepped through and discovered that this world unlike his own didn't follow the same rules. Every time he tried to take a step or an action he'd find himself stuck in place. Stuck that is until he finally discovered the rules in this universe: by writing a program for himself he would be able to overcome all obstacles and learn something new along the way! DOWNLOAD THE iOS APP $4.99
Codea : Make Anything on your iPad http://twolivesleft.com/Codea/ Codea for iPad lets you create games and simulations — or just about any visual idea you have. Turn your thoughts into interactive creations that make use of iPad features like Multi-Touch and the accelerometer.
We think Codea is the most beautiful code editor you'll use, and it's easy. Codea is designed to let you touch your code. Want to change a number? Just tap and drag it. How about a color, or an image? Tapping will bring up visual editors that let you choose exactly what you want.
Codea is built on the Lua programming language. A simple, elegant language that doesn't rely too much on symbols — a perfect match for iPad. DOWNLOAD APP $9.99